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Lord Sewel scandal: House of Lords reform is the best outcome

The disgraced baron's public shaming highlights the need to modernise the upper chamber, says a Liberal Democrat peer

By Kishwer Falkner  

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Members of the House of Lords tend to dread the Sunday newspapers as they periodically reveal the less salubrious aspects of our colleagues’ behaviour. Last weekend’s scandal involving the crossbench peer Lord Sewel in the Sun on Sunday has stunned us both in its sheer improbability and its contemptuous depiction of us from within our own ranks. For me, leaving aside the cringe-inducing embarrassment of a fellow peer clearly making a fool of…

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